Academic journal article Journal of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management

From Practitioner Issues Editor

Academic journal article Journal of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management

From Practitioner Issues Editor

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I am delighted to take on the position of practitioner-issues editor for JANZAM. Since completing my PhD in Organisational Behaviour at AGSM in 1990, I have worked across a range of industries, typically international organisations, implementing large-scale change and development programs. Currently I hold the position of Senior Manager Change Strategy, Group Risk & Compliance, Insurance Australia Group (IAG). I have also maintained a link to academia firstly as an Associate Researcher with the Centre for Corporate Change at AGSM and more recently as Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Business at University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). I continue to research and publish in a variety of areas within organisational behaviour including change, risk and performance management.

This combination of roles has allowed me some unique insights. Of importance to this editorial role I have heard people from academia comment about practitioners lacking rigour (even being called 'tainted') and people from industry regarding academics as too theoretical or even purist. From my experience it is not this clear cut. There are different and complementary forms of sharpness in each of these arenas with value to offer to the other. The question is how we can facilitate this through JANZAM.

In my view success will centre on ensuring relevance of articles published and promoting debate about current and future challenges. For instance, we could select a theme and have leading researchers and practitioners address the issue in the one edition. Another way to promote relevance could be to ask leading practitioners from the private and public sectors to comment on articles published. …

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